Attorneys 

Steven J. Franta

Steven J. Franta is the Owner & Partner of The Legal Professionals TM PA. He has over twenty years of experience practicing law primarily focusing in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, agricultural and business law. He is also a licensed Title Insurance Agent and Certified Continuing Education Coordinator and Presenter.

LEAD ATTORNEY: Estate Planning

HISTORY: Prior to joining The Legal Professionals TM PA, he worked as a law clerk and associate attorney from 1990-1994 for MacKenzie & Gustafson in St. Peter and as Nicollet County Assistant County Attorney. In 1994, Steve joined the firm of Somsen, Schade, and Schaffer, acquired ownership of the firm in 1997 which has since expanded to include the practices of Alvin R. Mueller (New Ulm) in 2003, Sheldon S. Larson (Winthrop) in 2008, William D. Sommerness (Hutchinson) in 2013, and Errol E. Hauser & Donald E. Schmid (Sleepy Eye) in 2014.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Social Science with a concentration of Economics, St. John’s University and Mankato State University; Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law 1992

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Steve is a member and chair of The Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council (SMEC), WealthCounsel and Advisors Forum. He has held positions as President and board member of the New Ulm Area Foundation, Church Trustee, Administrative Council and Area Faith Administrative Council, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oak Hills Living Center Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Oak Hills Living Center Operations, Chairman of the Parents Advisory Council.

Ryan D. Christian 

LEAD ATTORNEY: Farm Business & Ag Lead

HISTORY: Prior to joining The Legal Professionals TM PA, he gained experience in both litigation and transactional law, including time spent as an associate attorney. While in law school Ryan also worked as a summer associate for a Wisconsin law firm and as a Minnesota Justice Foundation volunteer at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center. More recently he was an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and earned a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming an attorney Ryan was the Political Director for a successful 2004 congressional election campaign, and worked as an intern and District Field Representative for a member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts- Major: Political Science, University of Minnesota 2003; Juris Doctor, University of St. Thomas School of Law 2009; Master of Education, University of Minnesota 2014

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel

Brian J. Gillis

LEAD ATTORNEY: Elder Law Lead

HISTORY: Prior to joining The Legal Professionals TM PA, he began his legal career as a state prosecutor in Central Florida. After going into private practice, he has litigated in a number of practice areas including trust and probate, real estate, business, construction, bankruptcy and corporate matters.

EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts, Allied Legal Services; University of Central Florida; Cumberland School of Law, Sanford University

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel, Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council, Advisors Forum, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

 

Bridget C. Scrabeck

Bridget C. Scrabeck is an associate attorney with The Legal Professionals TM PA. Her areas of practice include estate planning, business law, intellectual property law, business succession planning, trust administration and real estate.

LEAD ATTORNEY: Business & Commercial Lead

HISTORY: Prior to joining The Legal Professionals TM PA, she practiced business law and estate planning. Through her business law practice, she counseled and advised various private companies in hundreds of transactions, ranging in size from the sale or purchase of a small business to sophisticated multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions. She has broad experience preparing corporate and transactional documents, including Private Placement Memorandums and related offering documents, purchase and sale agreements, and formation and governance documents for businesses.

EDUCATION: University of St. Thomas 2008; Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law 2011

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel, Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council (SMEC), Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, Advisors Forum.

 


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New Ulm
106 1/2 N Minnesota St
PO Box 38
New Ulm, MN 56073
(507) 354-2161

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Hutchinson
205 Jefferson St SE
Suite 2
Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 234-6262

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109 Main St West
PO Box 496
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
(507) 794-3671

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500 S. Broad St. Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 779-7153


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